Florida Maritime Attorneys
Trouble on the Seas? South Florida’s Top Maritime Lawyers Can Help
Many people, including some attorneys, do not realize that injuries and grievances that occur on navigable waters are subject to drastically different laws. As specialists in maritime injury law, LaBovick will help you weather rough seas due to the willful, careless, or reckless actions of others — and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Try our free online maritime and boat accident injury case calculator to see how much your case could be worth.
What is maritime law? It is a specialized area of the law with unique rules governing maritime activities and the relationship between private entities that operate vessels on oceans and other waters where commerce is conducted.
We are expertised in all maritime legal needs, including:
- Injuries to passengers on cruise ships
- Recreational boat accidents
- Boat collisions
- Ship and yacht fires
- Seamen’s personal injury
- Maritime liens and other transactional work
The Law of the Sea differs greatly from the Law of the Land. LaBovick has the expertise and experience you need to navigate legal complexities successfully.
Types of Maritime Crew Cases
The clock is ticking. Under the Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), you have three years to file negligence and wrongful death claims. We can help. LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz represents workers who are injured on seagoing vessels, including:
- Cargo ships in ports
- Commercial Ships
- Tankers, freighters and barges
- Casino ships
- Cruise ships
- Fishing vessels
- Tugboats and towboats
Note: If an injury is caused by a third-party of product manufacturer, you may also be entitled to additional compensation under admiralty rules. Our experienced attorneys will advocate for your rights.
Types of Boating Accidents
If you have been the victim of a boating or diving accident, you may be able to collect damages from the owners and operators of the vessel, dock or marina for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. In cases where the accident was fatal, family members may be able to collect damages for their loss of their loved ones.
LaBovick is experienced in a wide variety of boating accidents, including:
- Personal Watercraft. These accidents, which commonly involve Jet Skis and waverunners, can range from being ejected from a personal watercraft to colliding with other boaters or fixed objects. We will examine individual negligence and possible design defects.
- Charter Boats and Ferries. Captains, operators, and owners of commercial boats and ferry boats are held to a high standard of responsibility. They can be held liable for personal injuries because of the decision to sail in rough seas.
- Dock and Marina. Dock and Marina owners can be held responsible for rotted, slippery, and poorly maintained docks, as well as other mishaps that cause injuries such as slip and falls.
- Drunken Boating. Boating while intoxicated makes the captain of the vessel liable for anyone injured.
- Diving Injuries. Dive operators can be held liable for negligence that causes catastrophic injuries to scuba divers. We handle all types of scuba diving accident claims, including wrongful death.
- Private Boats. Private boat operators are obligated to provide safety for their passengers. Whether passengers are injured on deck, thrown overboard, and suffer collisions with other boats, docks or bridges, we can help
Common Injuries Covered Under Maritime Law
Both workers and passengers can experience a wide range of injuries. A few of the most common:
- Back injuries
- Repetitive stress
- Catastrophic injuries
- Slip/trip and fall injuries
- Lifting injuries to arms and shoulders
- Broken bones, lost limbs and amputations
Any of these injuries may cause wrongful death, future pain and suffering, or disability. We take every maritime injury seriously and will work tirelessly to ensure you are compensated appropriately.
Cruise Ship Accidents
From slipping and tripping to drowning and food poisoning, cruise ship accidents can come in many forms and result in a variety of injuries, even death. Maritime laws governing cruise ships are not passenger-friendly – and they are complicated. The good news is that an experienced maritime lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Cruise ship operators owe passengers a duty of “reasonable care.” This means that they must provide a reasonably safe environment that safeguards against potential dangers, such as slippery decks, dangerous equipment, or wobbly gangplanks. But “reasonable care” is open to interpretation. The passenger must prove that the company was negligent in causing the accident: Let us help. We’re on your side.
If you’re considering a cruise, check out our Cruise Handbook first.
Why You Need a Maritime Attorney: Shortened Statute of Limitations
As with most personal injury accidents, there is a statue of limitations for cruise ship accidents. You often have less than one year to submit a personal injury claim against the cruise operators. Many cruise line have clauses in their contracts of carriage that shorten this to as little as six months.
You may also have to sue the operator in a specific city, which can make it more complex. If you do not comply with complicated “forum selection clause” conditions, you may not be able to receive compensation.
All of this is buried deep in the fine print. An experienced maritime law attorney can help you navigate the complexity.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt on a Cruise
Know your rights – and your responsibilities. If you have experienced an accident on a cruise ship:
- Document the accident. Take photographs of the scene of the accident and gather the names and contact numbers of any witnesses.
- File a written report with the security office of the cruise ship. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself. The cruise staff may try to get you to sign a waiver releasing them from responsibility. Do not sign anything.
- Contact an experienced maritime lawyer. As soon as you arrive home, contact an attorney specializing in maritime/admiralty law – not just personal injury. Maritime laws are unique and complex.
Compensation can be determined by factors ranging from the type of accident to the home port of the cruise line or even the foreign country where the ship is registered. It is essential that you have an experienced legal representative to protect your interests and ensure a successful case.
Maritime Legal Resources
There are many legal resources online; here are just a few focused on maritime/admiralty law:
- Westlaw Database Directory
- Maritime Books for Sale on Google
- FindLaw Maritime Articles
- General US Codes and Rules
- US Government Groups and Resources
- International Conventions
- Georgetown Law Library Research Guide
- Loyola University, New Orleans Research Guide
Contact a Florida Maritime Attorney
If you have been injured in a maritime/boat/cruise accident, you deserve the representation of an experienced and ethical maritime lawyer. The attorneys at LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz will defend your rights and fight to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve. Our team will aggressively pursue any compensation you may be entitled to receive. Let our experienced admiralty lawyers help you or your family receive proper compensation to handle medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. We know how to get results.
If you have been injured, call 561-655-1777 or toll free 866-522-6842 now.